The Spirit of Yoga in Sedona

The Spirit of Yoga in Sedona

The Show Must Go On…

Many of you were present for the Opening Ceremonies and may or may not have known the the House Film Screening equipment failed that night (we hear it was all the high energy causing equipment to blow all weekend!). Many of the speakers had to wing it without their planned presentation slides AND we were excited to show you “The Spirit of Yoga in Sedona” a beautiful creation by Wari Om produced with support from the Sedona Yoga Festival and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

If you’ve never seen this movie before, stop what you’re doing and treat yourself to soemthing of beauty. And if you have seen it, it’s worth another watch!

Here it is now, please enjoy!



Why Liability Insurance is Essential to the Yoga Community

Why Liability Insurance is Essential to the Yoga Community

The number of yoga practitioners in the U.S continues to grow. As with any physical activity, more participants means more risk; and yoga-related injuries are on the rise. Some may be as minor as a twisted ankle while others may result in torn cartilage, dislocations, and torn ligaments.

The truly frightening part? As the teacher, you could be held liable and required to pay damages. Whether the cause of an accident is a student’s poor conditioning, a momentary distraction, or simply bad fortune, the reason for a claim doesn’t always matter. A yoga teacher can be responsible for damages including medical care, hospital expenses, physical therapy, and loss of wages—an amount that can far exceed your income.

A claim doesn’t have to disrupt your livelihood. There are two vital forms of insurance for yoga teachers:

  • General liability insurance, covers claims like bodily injury or property damage caused by negligence related to your business.
  • Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions insurance, covers claims alleging negligence in providing or failure to provide professional services.

Both coverages protect you from claims and lawsuits even if the charges are groundless. Today, more than ever, you should carry liability insurance, even if a claim never materializes. Here’s seven reasons why:

  1. Broad coverage: Liability insurance for the yoga community includes coverage for professional and general liability claims—the two main sources of claims against a business—but it also includes coverage for other types of liability, like accidents arising an event.
  2. Protection against debilitating defense costs: If you’ve ever had to use the services of a lawyer, you know that legal fees for just a few hours of consultation can add up fast. They can be larger than a judgment, and could even bankrupt a business.
  3. An affordable option: In most cases, insurance costs less than the price of cup of coffee per day.
  4. Freedom of movement: The insurance policy that many studios have typically doesn’t cover instructors who teach at different venues or just part-time. With an individual policy, you have protection no matter where you work or whom you teach—children, adults, or seniors.
  5. Increased employment opportunity: An individual liability policy can open doors and smooth the process of obtaining work at other studios.
  6. Professionalism: Carrying insurance on your business—whether you operate your own studio or work for another—demonstrates a level of professionalism and shows that you accept the responsibilities of running a business.
  7. Peace of mind: General and professional liability policies provide extensive coverage that travels with you and protects you from both existing and emerging risks. This important barrier of coverage provides invaluable peace of mind that you’ll be covered in the event of an accident.

Liability insurance can give you the confidence and support to practice your craft undeterred by risk as you spread the many benefits of yoga to the growing community.



Forward Thinking about Springing Back: SYF2019

Forward Thinking about Springing Back: SYF2019

It’s spring time in Sedona and you’ve found a gorgeous little creek bed to spend your lunch time. You kick off your sneakers and dip your feet into the crisp spring fed waters at Red Rock Crossing. You become mindful for several seconds as brightly hued desert blooms fill the air with sweetness and warm sunshine flushes the skin. A breath of life force returns to all meridians after a long winter’s hiatus. Thoughts arise, and then you watch them go; There is so much life here…These waters feel so… healing… is this what it means to be… “blissed out?”…. Ugh! Wait! You’re about to be late for your yoga session with Saul David Raye and that really cool DJ! Oh crap! You hurry back up the trail trying not to break the stillness… promising yourself return before the festival’s end.

A year can go by fast when you’re living in the Now. That’s why we’re gearing up to start thinking about SYF2019, which will take place at the start of spring, on March 14th-17th. We’re brewing up new ideas about a more practical ticketing structure as well as finding a new place to call hOMe!

From Whence We Came and Where We’re Going Next

This year our venues were spread all over Sedona, and while it gives everyone an opportunity to tour our little town, we also wished everyone was all together like the family that we are.

Much to our satisfaction, we’re now delighted to announce that The Sedona Yoga Festival has officially found it’s forever hOMe! The festivities will again take place at Red Rock High School, and it’s adjoining Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) except this time, we’re doing it during Spring Break so that we can have the whole place to ourselves, and high-five in passing, under the same roof!

Exciting News About SYF2019 Ticketing

The think tank at SYF Headquarters will be formulating a new ticketing structure soon, with an “All Access Pass” which will be exactly that. These tickets will be limited, and likely, more-so than in previous years. If you’ve made up your mind already about attending next year, it’s advisable that you get your All Access Pass at the current low price of $277, before this price goes up. No one knows when this will be, so seize the day! In the meantime, while SYF’s architects of aum re-create the ticketing structure, we’d love to hear from you! Want to tell us about cool ticketing options you’ve experienced? Write us with your ideas!

7 Reasons to Get Your Asana to Sedona:  Reason #7: NOW is the Time for Community

7 Reasons to Get Your Asana to Sedona: Reason #7: NOW is the Time for Community

Sangha is always the solution.

As Sedona Yoga Festival enters our sixth year, we must acknowledge that the world into which this conference was born has experienced some dramatic shifts—societal and energetic changes that have left the conscious community feeling unmoored.

Knowing that collective change begins with personal change, SYF2018 invites you to join us in sangha—community—to rejoin the forces of positive change. The practice of yoga connects the individual to the universal, helping to channel millions of tiny wavelets into a tsunami of undeniable possibility.

Together, we are powerful. The wave is building. Be there when it breaks…and be part of the ripples that flow out into the world.

See you tomorrow!


7 Reasons to Get Your Asana to Sedona:  Reason #6: The Trauma Training Experts are Here

7 Reasons to Get Your Asana to Sedona: Reason #6: The Trauma Training Experts are Here

For the fifth year in a row, SYF is honored to assist yoga teachers in bringing the tools and benefits of yoga to populations affected by PTSD, and life stressors of all kinds—including survivors, family, caregivers and service providers.

Our pre-conference immersion, Traumatic Stress, Healing & Yoga, is a complete 20-hour certification track offering training in all the ways yoga benefits trauma survivors and helps develop resiliency in a high-stress environment.

To date, we have trained more than 400 yoga teachers in this ultra-healing specialization. If even one person in your life is living in the aftermath of trauma, we invite you to be part of the solution.

You might be surprised at the healing that takes place within YOU.


7 Reasons to Get Your Asana to Sedona:  Reason #5: Our Teachers are Sages for the Ages

7 Reasons to Get Your Asana to Sedona: Reason #5: Our Teachers are Sages for the Ages

Only one gathering offers a unique union of the global yoga culture vanguard and the freshest, most inspiring new voices: Sedona Yoga Festival. Join our esteemed faculty as we come together to to share in dialogue, explore one another’s offerings and wrap ourselves in the rich tapestry of these invaluable ancient teachings.

From powerful yoga workshops to in-depth immersions to passionate conversations about the important issues facing the yoga community today, this is your opportunity to connect deeply with the most vibrant minds and spirits in the world. Do it!

Just a Few of Our Featured Presenters This Year:

Tao Porchon Lynch

Global Yoga Ambassador

Saul David Raye

Ritam Healing Arts + Mandala

Camella Nair

Swami in the Kriya lineage + Ayurvedic Health Educator

Rama Jyoti Vernon

Renowned Teacher + Author

Peter Sterios

LEVITYoga Founder/Creator

Swami Sankarananda

Peace Pilgrim + Divine Grace Yoga Founder

Popular Sessions are Selling Out Fast!

Secure Your Spot TODAY.




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